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Only a real business pioneer could so consistently flout rules that didn’t even apply to him yet, and Donald Trump has yet again proven he is ahead of his time.
Norm Eisen, former White House ethics counsel to President Obama, said a tweet like this would have been a clear violation of the U.S. Government Office on Ethics guidelines regarding Endorsing Organizations, Products, or Persons.
Thank you to Linda Bean of L.L.Bean for your great support and courage. People will support you even more now. Buy L.L.Bean. @LBPerfectMaine
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 12, 2017
The guidelines are not law and they do not apply to the President-Elect, but Trump has not signaled an intention to be faithful to either the spirit or letter of established norms or Constitutional principles.
And as Eisen told POLITICO , if Trump doesn’t lead by example, it sets up a free-for-all. “How can you ask others to follow it if he doesn’t?”
The OGE regulation states, except under certain exceptions, that:
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Executive branch employees may not use their Government positions to suggest that the agency or any part of the executive branch endorses an organization (including a nonprofit organization), product, service, or person
The Trump team, however, has made a regular slogan of the precedent that exempts the President, Vice President, and White House staff from envelope under the term “employee.”
This was the likely implication of Trump’s cavalier declaration, that “the President can’t have a conflict of interest.”
Trump on his businesses/conflict q's: "The law's totally on my side, the president can't have a conflict of interest."
— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) November 22, 2016
As Common Dreams reported this afternoon regarding the appointment of former NYC Mayor and scholar of cyber-jihad Rudy Giuliani, there’s a pale orange bad moon on the rise.
“in an interview with Politico published Thursday, Giuliani “acknowledged that he might have business ties with some of the people he connects to Trump, and that he might be discussing government and private issues with some people,” the outlet reported.
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